My Five Star Book Recommendations
He was there. There is no other explanation. The authenticity with which Jacob writes is so astounding that I cannot see how he could not have actually traversed the very lands he writes about. Jacob manages to describe moments with such ferocity that I found myself tensing when the "axe comes down" and with such quiet tenderness that I was growing teary-eyed each time tragedy struck someone and grieving with them. The characters are so real and universal in their complexities that you identify with them on a level that can be difficult to achieve when writing historical fiction. Jacob clearly has a knack for dialogue that is heightened and yet natural. He is also able to bring the reader back and forth through time. I should mention that in some cases when you have two stories running parallel like this you can grow attached to one and therefore feel resentment because you have been tossed into the other. But that is in no way the case here. The stories in both time periods are equally compelling and of course are linked so you want to follow both to gather the whole picture. This is a solid five star read and I would whole-heartedly recommend it.
Okay first of all I have never read anything like this book. And while I am often squeamish about violent scenes this book had me laughing out loud the majority of the time with all of its pop-culture references like "But, much like Elsa, he decided to let it go..." and for that and many other reasons it was unputdownable. McMahon is clearly a wizard of time travel with his fascinating restarter concept and then all the crazy twists and turns with the plot that keep you guessing what their fate will be until the very end. And spoiler alert but not really. You don't find out because its a series. And this is only the beginning. McMahon knocks it out of the park with this 1st book in his debut series. I am chomping at the bit to find what else he has in store for Hal, Kara, Malcom and the rest! Mr. McMahon please publish the 2nd one so I can have my curiousity sated!